School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Room G16 Cooperage Building
North Mall Campus
University College Cork
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Gavin graduated with a BSc. (Hons) in Zoology in 2015. His honours thesis was entitled “Land-based surveys: An effective tool for monitoring foraging flight activity and rafting behaviour in seabirds?” During the 2014 seabird-breeding season, he acted as a volunteer field assistant with an ongoing UCC/MaREI biotelemetry study on Manx Shearwaters and Razorbills on the West coast of Ireland. His PhD, which began in July 2015, is funded by the National Parks and Wildlife Services and aims to develop a monitoring strategy for burrow nesting seabirds in Ireland. The project is supervised by Prof John Quinn (School of BEES) and Dr Mark Jessopp (MaREI).
Gavin’s research interests are centered to applied ornithology and throughout his bachelors this interest was geared towards marine ecology. He is interested in long-term monitoring studies, primarily the effects of anthropogenic activities and climate change on the population dynamics and distribution of seabirds. With an absence of such studies in Ireland, he shares an interest parallel to that of Prof John Quinn’s and Dr Mark Jessopp’s goal of understanding and monitoring Ireland’s seabird populations. His current research focus is on testing novel methods for obtaining more accurate population estimates of burrow nesting seabirds.
Project blog: www.irishburrownesters.wordpress.com